Commentary

Florida's offensive speed and versatility are unmatched

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay breaks down the film of Florida's win over Florida State and is astounded by the Gators' speed and versatility.

Originally Published: December 4, 2008
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.
The return to health of WR/RB/RS Percy Harvin and the emergence of freshman speedsters Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey have been the reasons most commonly given for Florida's offensive breakout over the past two months, and both make sense. However, the ways in which head coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Dan Mullen have gone about incorporating those three playmakers have been overlooked by most.

Meyer and his staff have assembled the fastest offensive roster -- perhaps the fastest overall roster -- in college football today, and their philosophy is simple: to isolate their faster athletes against the opponent's slower athletes in the biggest possible amount of space.

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That philosophy has never changed during Meyer's tenure in Gainesville. The Gators are simply putting a different spin on it this season. Because this year's group has greater depth at running back than it does at wide receiver, Meyer and Mullen are focusing more on generating those personnel mismatches on the ground.